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Wyoming reports 1,021 active confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday; 52 total new cases in Natrona


CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) reported 248 new confirmed and 50 new probable COVID-19 cases in the state during its 3 p.m. Thursday, December 2 update.

There have now been 111,560 total confirmed and probable cases in Wyoming since the pandemic began. Here is a report of the updates that were provided by the WDH as of 3 p.m. Thursday, December 2:

  • Cases:
    • There have now been 88,381 confirmed cases in Wyoming since the pandemic began. The 50 new probable cases added Wednesday brought the pandemic total to 23,179.
    • There are 1,021 active confirmed cases in Wyoming, 38 more than on Wednesday.
    • Wyoming has been adding an average of 97.5 new confirmed cases per day over the past 14 days.
    • 30 new lab confirmed cases were reported in Natrona County on Thursday, bringing the pandemic total to 10,173. Probable cases rose by 12 to a total of 6,171.
    • No additional COVID-19-related deaths were reported Thursday after 81 were reported Tuesday. There have been 1,428 COVID-19-related deaths among Wyoming residents since the pandemic began. These are deaths “that have COVID-19 listed as either the underlying or primary cause of death or as a contributing cause of death,” the WDH explains.
  • Hospitalizations:
    • The WDH had provided no new update as of 3 p.m. Thursday. Here is some data from Wednesday:
      • COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state were at 122 on Wednesday, according to the most recent data from the WDH. Hospitalizations have generally trended downward since the pandemic peak of 249 reported on October 21.
      • There were 35 COVID-19 patients at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center and 32 at the Wyoming Medical Center on Wednesday.
      • There were two of 20 available intensive care unit beds open at the WMC and 11 of 25 ICU beds open at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.
  • Recoveries:
    • There have been 86,253 recoveries from lab confirmed cases as well as 22,477 recoveries from probable cases in Wyoming.
      • “A lab confirmed or probable case is defined as recovered when there is resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and there is improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath) for 24 hours AND at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared,” the WDH says. “Cases with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 who have not had any symptoms are considered recovered when at least 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive test and have had no subsequent illness provided they remain asymptomatic.”
      • The WDH marks people as recovered once their isolation order date has expired. People who test positive are asked to remain in isolation until 10 days after their first symptoms, 10 days after their test was taken, or longer if they are still showing symptoms.
      • If people need to be isolated longer than their initial isolation period, they can contact the WDH, who can extend their isolation order. In some cases, contact tracing informs whether a case is considered recovered while in others, the department counts someone as recovered after their isolation period ends.
  • Variants:
    • The number of COVID-19 cases identified as variant cases stands at 6,953.
    • Variant cases involve a mutated form of the virus and some may spread more easily or result in more serious illness.
  • County-specific COVID-19 information is available from the Wyoming Department of Health. Confirmed cases by county are as follows (probable cases in parentheses):
    • Albany: 5,855 (992)
    • Big Horn: 1,715 (432)
    • Campbell: 8,334 (938)
    • Carbon: 2,775 (370)
    • Converse: 908 (1,423)
    • Crook: 772 (228)
    • Fremont: 8,006 (1,460)
    • Goshen: 2,379 (270)
    • Hot Springs: 656 (232)
    • Johnson: 931 (433)
    • Laramie: 13,326 (4,281)
    • Lincoln: 2,424 (556)
    • Natrona: 10,173 (6,171)
    • Niobrara: 245 (252)
    • Park: 4,826 (666)
    • Platte: 1,073 (469)
    • Sheridan: 4,464 (1,394)
    • Sublette: 1,131 (359)
    • Sweetwater: 7,383 (747)
    • Teton: 5,272 (126)
    • Uinta: 3,522 (542)
    • Washakie: 1,312 (542)
    • Weston: 899 (296)

The Wyoming Department of Health provides COVID-19 case, variant, death, testing, hospital and vaccine data online. The department also shares information about how the data can be interpreted. COVID-19 safety recommendations are available from the CDC.